Almost a fifth of the soldiers that the Israeli army has lost so far in the ground operation in the Gaza Strip have lost their lives as a result of fire into their own ranks and other accidents. Citing new statistics, The Times of Israel news website reported about it.
Thirteen soldiers were victims of target misidentification, including tank fire and airstrikes. Two were killed by an accidental gunshot, the other two were run over by their own military equipment.
One was accidentally hit by a bullet and two soldiers were killed by shrapnel from explosives detonated by Israeli troops.
The military said it is constantly evaluating ongoing combat, including incidents such as friendly fire, and putting the lessons learned into practice on the battlefield.
Israel launched the ground operation in late October in response to an attack by Hamas terrorists that killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped over 200 others on October 7.
At the same time, 582 soldiers were injured during the operation, of which 34 are in a serious condition and are still hospitalized.
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